Biba, 1973 by Duffy. Copyright Duffy Archive.
Biba and Beyond
is a celebration of Biba and the woman behind this iconic label, Barbara Hulanicki
looking back on her career from fashion illustrator, to Biba co-founder, her design, architecture and interior design achievements and more recently her fashion collaborations.
Barbara and her late husband Stephen Fitz-Simon founded Biba in 1964, a small mail-order fashion label that harnessed the spirit of the swinging sixties and grew to iconic status."With its cutting edge yet affordable fashion, Barbara Hulanicki’s iconic Biba store and label transformed the High Street shopping experience in the 1960s and 70s. Young working women shopped alongside models and celebrities, including Twiggy, Cher and the Rolling Stones. Art Deco, Victorian and Hollywood glamour all combined in striking, romantic and sensual designs."
The best bit about this exhibition is that it's right on my doorstep at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery. It runs until 14 April 2013 so there's plenty of time to pop down to the seaside and see it (the cafe does great cake too, as if you need another reason to visit!).
Adore (3 deep), 2012
A Word is Worth a Thousand Pictures
is the new Stephen Powers'
exhibition currently showing at the Joshua Liner Gallery, New York - his first solo exhibition in 7 years.
Phily born Powers (aka ESPO) is renowned in NY for his large scale sign painting/ graffiti often seen around the City. This exhibition showcases various scaled enamel on aluminium paintings - from his daily 'Metaltations' (small 10 x 8" pieces) to some 8 x 16ft giants, all in his recognisable style.
Daily Mataltation - 6.26.12
Everything is shit except you love, 2012
Holler back, 2012
Undo my life, 2012
The exhibition is only running until the 29th of this month, so don't hang around or you'll miss it. Only wish I was in NY this month :(
If like me, you can't make the exhibition you can see loads of his gorgeous painted signs and other work here
and follow his day to day adventures here
Images copyright Stephen Powers
Via World Famous Design Junkies
An international selection for Auto type XXIV
with the unusual addition of Power Fordson Major - some tractor auto type.
If wonderful hand-lettered auto type does it for you check out our full collection here
or if you would rather see cars in full, check out our sister blog, Super Ninety
These fabulous vintage menu covers
are from Arkiva Tropika
- the personal tropical/ tropical themed ephemera collection of Mimi Payne; "From Florida to Fiji, from Haiti to Hawaii, from Seattle to Samoa, Arkiva Tropika is about the classic island imagery of tourism".
Her vast collection consists of mainly 50s/ 60s examples. The menus covers above are only the tip of the iceberg and every one is fantastic.
Now go, make a cup of tea and grab the biscuits, you'll be there a while!
All images copyright Mimi Payne/ Arkiva Tropika